New York, NY, December 01, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) celebrates a decade of international pro bono legal service today with a gala luncheon with guests of honor Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, and founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations, George Soros. Mr. Soros will also be the keynote speaker for the event, to be held at the Yale Club in midtown New York. Aric Press, editor-in-chief of American Lawyer Media, will serve as master of ceremonies.
ISLP is a non-governmental organization that utilizes the pro bono expertise of highly skilled and experienced lawyers to promote human rights, equitable and sustainable economic development and the rule of law worldwide. The gala luncheon will highlight ISLP’s achievements of the last ten years and serve as an opportunity to honor law firms Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells as Global Pro Bono Visionary Law Firms in recognition of their pivotal work and commitment to international pro bono.
Lawyers from Clifford Chance offices around the world have worked to promote access to justice in countries from Bulgaria to Sierra Leone; to advance women's rights in Cambodia, the Congo, Haiti and Hungary; and to help NGOs in Mongolia and Peru protect the environment.
Dozens of partners and associates from Hogan Lovells have given thousands of hours to ISLP projects, both as volunteers in the field and as senior advisors and organization builders. Their contributions in Liberia are notably helping to rebuild its shattered economy and strengthen its fledgling democracy.
"At Hogan Lovells, we look upon our long association with the International Senior Lawyers Project as one of our keystone pro bono relationships," says J. Warren Gorrell, Jr., co-CEO of Hogan Lovells. "We have been proud to undertake complex and important pro bono projects with ISLP all over the world."
Echoing these sentiments, Madeleine Schachter, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Baker & McKenzie says, "We highly value the truly impactful work that ISLP has spearheaded, and we sincerely appreciate the opportunities that ISLP has provided to us to engage in this service."
ISLP will additionally recognize five Global Volunteers of the Decade— William Gardner, retired partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Linda McGill, Shareholder at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.; international rule of law specialist Barbara Swann; Keith Watson, retired partner of Wiley Rein LLP; and Jeffrey Wood, retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP —for their extraordinary commitment to global pro bono. The honorees have dedicated hundreds of hours each to various projects in India, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and several other countries.
The 10th Anniversary event has received the support of 23 law firms. These include Global Champion firms Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells and Global Leader firms Chaffetz Lindsey LLP; Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer LLP; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Jones Day; and Latham & Watkins LLP.
ISLP is a New York-based not-for-profit organization that over the past 10 years has provided more than $60 million worth of high level legal services to civil society organizations and least developed countries seeking to advance human rights, economic development and the rule of law. It has promoted access to justice in countries ranging from Bulgaria to China; advanced women’s rights in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and the Congo; helped NGOs in Mongolia and Peru protect the environment; and advanced economic development in least developed countries like Haiti, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.